Wayne Rooney was left out of the Manchester United side against Blackburn after reportedly breaking a curfew on Boxing Day, but William Hill think that Rooney will get his place in the starting line-up back, offering 1/5 that he starts the next game against Newcastle. This time last year, relations between Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson were strained as Rooney requested a transfer and Hills offer 8/1 that he asks for another transfer at any point during the January window. Hills think that Rooney will actually see off Ferguson and go 1/2 that he is at United longer than Fergie (6/4 he is not).
Should he leave United, Hills make Manchester City the favourites to sign him at 5/1 with Real Madrid 8/1 and Chelsea and Barcelona at 10/1.
Despite the sometime volatile relationship between Ferguson and Rooney, we think this particular incident is a mere blip in what we expect to be a long United career for Wayne, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Rooney to start vs Newcastle: 1/5 yes; 10/3 no
Rooney to score against Newcastle: 10/11 anytime; 7/2 first; 4/1 two or more; 20/1 hat-trick
Rooney to be sent off vs Newcastle: 33/1
Will Rooney request a transfer in the January window: 8/1 yes; 1/20 no
Who will be at Manchester United longer: 1/2 Rooney; 6/4 Ferguson
When will Rooney leave Manchester United: 7/1 2012; 11/2 2013; 9/4 2014; 15/8 2015; 12/1 2016; 5/2 2017 or later
Wayne Rooney next club: 5/1 Manchester City; 8/1 Real Madrid; 10/1 Barcelona; 10/1 Chelsea
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